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I Ching Hexagram #42:

Increased Intensity

How to interpret "Increased Intensity"

NOTE: This is the "Love I-Ching" interpretation. For standard, non romance-specific I Ching interpretations please return to the reference page here.

Like wind growing stronger and thunder growing louder, this hexagram signifies a time of love building, expanding, and amassing. An exciting time of increased passion and vitality is at hand. Sparks will fly and hearts will flutter as you step into the journey ahead with a special someone. Expect a burst of inner power and energy. However, in order to sustain this heightened state, use this energy wisely. You must be very careful to set boundaries, communicate authentically, and take some alone time if you must. Keep your heart open by staying attuned to your own needs. Do not take energy for granted -- it is easily squandered.

Changes in Line 1

"Unconditional Love"

Your heart is opening. You are gaining in trust and letting go of old wounds. You are perfect as you are. Prepare to receive unconditional love.

Changes in Line 2

"Receiving Gracefully"

True love comes by way of an attitude of receptivity. This requires the desire to "receive so that others may benefit." This may mean passing along a gift, perhaps one that you just received, on to someone else. The flow of giving and receiving is a natural law. Don't resist it.

Changes in Line 3

"Success through Challenge"

This line indicates that even if relationship challenges occur, they will turn out to be blessings in disguise. All challenges will help you open your heart and become more balanced. Success is guaranteed at this time.

Changes in Line 4

"Flames Grow Higher"

Fireworks are in the sky as your heart opens and you come to see the true beauty in another. Your attractiveness increases with every breath.

Changes in Line 5

"A Kind Heart"

This line indicates that you have a huge capacity to send and receive loveómore than you give yourself credit for. Let your light shine. You will be rewarded a thousand fold when you act with integrity and kindness.

Changes in Line 6

"Momentary Attack"

Someone may snap at you at this time. Let it roll off you like a drop of water. You are on an accelerated path toward higher love and wisdom. They are right where they need to be; you are right where you need to be.


A note on iFate's I Ching translation: This is not a direct translation of the original "Book of Changes" from 1000 BC. While multiple translations of the original text are available, they include many archaic references and can be difficult to understand for 21st century readers. iFate uses our own modern rewritings (two different editions) of the "Book of Changes" which makes interpreting I Ching readings far simpler. For iFate's additional contemporary re-writing of the original text, see our "Love I Ching" translation.

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